I have to give credit to Nick Jr for the idea behind this super easy craft. Until a month or so ago, between the shows on Nick Jr there were occasionally craft and recipe segments between the shows on Nick Jr. I saw a no sew Kai-lan craft where you make a Rintoo face to play with different emotions. Come Halloween, I adapted the idea for jack o'lanterns. What is great about this craft is that it is not only super easy to make, but is a very useful toddler and preschooler game for talking about emotions.
What You Need:
Two pieces of orange felt
One piece of black felt
Batting or cotton balls
What to Do:
I made this craft alone because Natalie was just barely two at the time. An older toddler could help glue and stuff the pumpkin; a preschooler could help cut out the black shapes.
I drew the pumpkins first on scrap paper so I got a shape I liked, then cut them out. I traced them onto the orange felt and cut it out. I put glue 90% of the way around the pumpkin, then places the second piece on top. After it dried, I stuffed it with cotton balls because we didn't have any batting in the house. I then glued the opening shut. I finished it off by cutting a stem out of green felt and gluing it on the top.
Next, I drew toothy mouths on white paper. I had a little trouble visualizing how they would come out since you are drawing the shape of the hole. I used paper shapes as templates for the felt. I then made a whole bunch of circles, squares, triangles, crescents, diamonds, and rectangles of different sizes.
I made two pumpkins and enough black pieces for two to play at once. Partly I did this because it was so easy to make, but also so I could play with my daughter instead of doing it for her.
|Natalie making a sad face.|
|I pulled it out again months later for a change of pace.|
- You can start easy with just identifying different emotions and build on that with role playing and talking about life events as your child gets older.
- You can transcribe a story your child tells about the pumpkin.
- This game allows great opportunities to talk about shapes and sizes.
- There are lots of books about Halloween or fall that include pumpkins. A favorite for us is Five Little Pumpkins, which you can also just sing as a song without a book. You can try to copy the faces you see in books.
- This is a great addition to going pumpkin picking or carving your real pumpkin.
- This craft can easily be adapted again for snowmen or just a regular face and still serve the same purpose.